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Spartan Races attracts 2,000 participants

Participants at last week’s Spartan Races held by the Town of Killington. Events included the javelin toss.

Participants at last week’s Spartan Races held by the Town of Killington. Events included the javelin toss.

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Participant at last week’s Spartan Races held by the Town of Killington. Events included the fire jump.

— The top obstacle race in New England, the Spartan Races, brought its extreme endurance competition “The Beast” to Killington Resort last weekend.

The Spartan Beast, which claims to be the toughest race on the planet, is a timed ten- to 12-mile course around Killington Peak set with military-style obstacles designed to test participants’ resilience, strength, stamina, and ability to withstand adversity.

Almost 2,000 participants signed up for last week’s event according to Seth Webb, director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Town of Killington, which was instrumental in securing the event.

“We were extremely pleased to bring the Spartan Race to town,” Webb said. “It remains a natural fit and a tremendous addition to our summer calendar of events.”

The Spartan series is the brainchild of uber-sports impresario Joe Desena of Pittsfield who became legendary for the annual Death Race in his hometown.

According to Spartan’s CEO Brian Duncanson, all you need is a little physical conditioning and a taste for some adventure.

“The Spartan Races are designed for participants of all levels, beginners to hardcore warriors and marathon runners alike, to have fun and cross the finish line,” says Duncanson. “It’s about the fun, getting dirty, getting down in the mud, and it’s something exciting and new.”

Post-race entertainment was provided by the Town of Killington’s Cooler in the Mountains free concert series, which presented Badfish.

Obstacles listed on the course description included a slippery incline wall, barbed wire crawl, water obstacles, mud crawl, spear throw, fire jump and gladiator pit.

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